Thursday, December 26, 2019

Today's Quote: John Muir

Good tidings to all as we look forward to a new year. --DM

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
~ John Muir

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Today's Quote: Author Unknown

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
~ Author unknown
Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Today's Quote: Emily Post

Something to take to heart at dinner today. Happy Thanksgiving! --DM

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
~ Emily Post
Photo by Jack Delano.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Today's Quote: Baltasar Gracián

The greatest of sages can commit one mistake, but not two; he may fall into error, but he doesn’t lie down and make his home there.
~ Baltasar Gracián

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Today's Quote: Stephen Colbert

You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time—of anything. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid.
~ Stephen Colbert

Photo by David Shankbone.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Today's Quote: Only Joking!

Considering it's Halloween, I'm inclined to stray a little from the quote theme for today! --DM

What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?

Boo boos!
~ Joke

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Today's Quote: Denis Waitley

Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next.
~ Denis Waitley
Original photo by Alan Levine, CC0 1.0.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Today's Quote: Minnie Richard Smith

Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
That stuck to their jobs, you see.
~ Minnie Richard Smith

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Today's Quote: Proverbial Wisdom

The elephant in front of your eyes can't be seen, but the speck across the sea is clearly visible.
~ Indonesian proverb

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Today's Quote: Robert H. Schuller

Here's how to look at problems: Problems are guidelines, not stop signs!
~ Robert H. Schuller

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Today's Quote: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Saturday, September 14, 2019

IMPERFECT backpack pin

This post was prompted by a friend's backpack pin collection. Do you have one? Have you thought about making your own? This post on Wonderful DIY has a bunch of ideas about it: DIY Enamel Pins.

Here's a backpack pin of the IMPERFECT cover:

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Today's Quote: Maya Angelou

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.
~ Maya Angelou

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Today's Quote: John Dryden

Errors, like straws, upon the surface flow;
He who would search for pearls, must dive below.
~ John Dryden

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Today's Quote: Rainer Marie Rilke

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
~ Rainer Marie Rilke

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Today's Quote: Toni Morrison

We lost a great American writer, Toni Morrison, earlier this week, but her words will continue to inspire us. --DM

The function of freedom is to free someone else.
~ Toni Morrison

Photo by Angela Radulescu, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Today's Quote: C. S. Lewis

The more you obey your conscience, the more your conscience will demand of you.
~ C. S. Lewis

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Today's Quote: Proverbial Wisdom

It's possible to light another man's candle without damaging your own.
~ Danish proverb

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Today's Quote: Megan Rapinoe

We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more and talk less...It’s our responsibility to make this world a better place.
~ Megan Rapinoe

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Today's Quote: Benjamin Hardy

Mental creation always precedes physical creation. Before a building is physically constructed, there’s a blueprint.
~ Benjamin Hardy

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Today's Quote: Denzel Washington

Success? I don't know what that word means. I'm happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody's eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That's a good day for me.
~ Denzel Washington

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Perfection: Possible?

Abstract Art by Anne Van Camp

A poem written for Today's Little Ditty's June challenge:


You might think that somebody knows
how to have highs without any lows
but everyone loses,
has bumps and has bruises --
that's just the way that it goes.

by Tabatha Yeatts

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Today's Quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

It seems that perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to remove.
~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Today's Quote: Pearl S. Buck

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
~ Pearl S. Buck

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Today's Quote: Henry James

She had an unequalled gift....of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.
~ Henry James

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Today's Quote: Leonard Cohen

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
~ Leonard Cohen

Friday, May 3, 2019

Life as a Video Game

Mark Manson has some interesting ideas about how life is like a video game. He calls some mistakes that people make "Distractions" and says people can make a habit of making the same mistakes. Do you agree with his ideas? Do you have different ideas? He says:
Life is a big and complex game. It’s the largest open world game known to date. We all begin with different starting stats and we’re placed into a wide range of environments that can either give us advantages or disadvantages...

Life is designed to continually throw difficult and unexpected problems at you. Life is a never-ending stream of problems that must be confronted, surmounted, and/or solved. If at any point, Life runs out of problems to give us, then as players, we will unconsciously invent problems for ourselves.

Players may respond to problems with either Solutions or Distractions...

Solutions are actions and pursuits that resolve a problem preventing it from continuing or happening again in the future. Distractions are actions or pursuits designed to either make the Player unaware of the problem’s existence or to dull the pain the problem may be causing...

The more each Solution or Distraction is used, the easier and more automatic it will be in the future. The more often you use a Solution or Distraction, the easier it will be to use again, to the point where it will eventually become unconscious and automatic. Once a Solution or Distraction is unconscious and automatic, it becomes a Habit.

A player, once they’ve found a Solution to a Level, must employ that Solution enough times to make it a Habit, thus mastering that level and allowing them to move on to the next Level...

Good luck Player One.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Today's Quote: Evelyn Underhill

It looks impossible till you do it, and then you find it is possible.
~ Evelyn Underhill

Friday, April 26, 2019

Artist Jen Hewett's Pudding

At the start of every new project, I have to remind myself that I probably won't like anything I do for the first few hours or days of it, and that this is all just part of the process. My sketchbooks are filled with ugly, not-good work, but often the important thing is to get the ick out of my system so I can move on.
~Jen Hewett

Jen Hewett

Jen Hewett was always creative, but it wasn't until she was an adult that she felt free to explore her creativity, because that involved trying things, making mistakes, and failing. She shared a family story about learning from mistakes:
[Auntie Maude] told me about her mother, my Great Grandmother favorite story was about my great grandmother’s attitude towards cooking mishaps. She was a talented cook, but sometimes her cakes didn’t rise properly. “My mother never called those failures,” Auntie Maude said. “She’d slice that cake, pour some cream on top, and call it a ‘pudding.’ And we loved those puddings.” the end of that year... the cake I’d made for my parents’ church’s Christmas brunch didn’t quite turn out the way I’d planned. So I channeled my great grandmother, and salvaged it as she would have. I sliced that cake into tiny bits, then added some frosting, a pint of cream, and a handful of frozen raspberries scavenged from the back of the freezer. While serving the cake, I recounted my Auntie Maude’s story, and my mom declared it the best dessert she’d ever had.

Cakes, life, work – none of these things have ever turned out quite as planned, but out of it all has come quite a bit of pudding, and immense gratitude for the lessons of failure.
Sometimes we have to just leave the ick in our notebooks, but sometimes we can turn our mistakes into pudding. Are you ready to do both?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today's Quote: Winston Churchill

Text: boy or girl should ever be disheartened by lack of success in their youth, but should diligently and faithfully continue to persevere and make up for lost time.
~ Winston Churchill

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Today's Quote: Mel Schwartz

...the perfect individual would be a constant reminder to all others of their shortcomings. Not to mention that they probably wouldn't be much fun to be with. Who would really tolerate, let alone enjoy, being with someone who was perfect?
~ Mel Schwartz

Saturday, April 6, 2019

On Walking Through the Front Door

photo of Lucy by Cara

A tanka poem today about furry friends who really don't care how imperfect you are!

"On Walking Through the Front Door"

those days when I scale
the highest peaks, your tail wags
and those days when I have
failed miserably and more
than once, your tail wags

© Carol Wilcox, 2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Today's Quote: Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
~ Beverly Sills

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Today's Quote: e. e. cummings

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~ e. e. cummings

Friday, March 22, 2019


unfinished by Betsssssy

People studying languages might have heard the term "Imperfect" as a tense.

Imperfect tense is for actions that don't start at a particular time or end at a particular time.

"Imperfect" comes from the Latin imperfectus "unfinished" because the imperfect expresses an ongoing, uncompleted action.

Don't you think "Unfinished" is a great way to think of us imperfect people because living is an ongoing, uncompleted action?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Today's Quote: Adlai Stevenson II

You have to start by believing in yourself! --DM

It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson II

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Do unto others?

Sometimes when we have to try to fix a mistake we've made (or maybe when we're trying not to make a mistake in the first place), we might use the motto "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" to guide us. It's a good motto, but only if we really understand it.

If I hate surprise parties and you love them, then if we thought of "Do unto others" as meaning "Throw the other person the kind of party you would want to have," we would be way off base.

BUT if we understand "Do unto others" as meaning "Care about what other people want as you would have them care about what you want," we are much more liable to make good choices and offer meaningful apologies.

Listening can be hard -- we think we know the best answer already or we think everybody feels the same way we do. The only way to know for sure how another person feels, though, is to hear them out. Being a good listener can be a real superpower if you can develop it.

In this video, some people are trying to be helpful, but only the one who cares about what Jason wants enough to listen to him hits the ball out of the park.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Today's Quote: Joe Miller

When you're not really happy with a painting--that's the time to can't get any worse.
~ Joe Miller

Friday, March 1, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019